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Delicate blooms thrive in wild
For many, orchids are the just a plant seen sitting safely in a pot on store shelf or a kitchen table, or maybe on a tropical vacation. But at least 18 species of orchid grow wild in the Kodiak Archipelago. Unlike their epiphytic tropical cousins that grow from trees, northern hemisphere orchids are terrestrial, growing from the ground. “Our (orchids) are generally small and you probably walk right past them most ...
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Knowing rules helps vets to benefits
A Wednesday lunch and open forum at the Kodiak Area Native Association’s main building will provide local veterans access to an expert who help navigate the complicated Veterans Affairs system. The event offered by KANA will feature an open forum with Lucy Gifford of Vietnam Veterans of America. All veterans are invited to attend, as are their spouses and widows. Gifford worked for the Department of Veterans Affai...
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Commercial fishing openings this week
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the following openings by emergency orders on Monday. Commercial salmon fishing will be allowed in the Southeastern District Mainland Section of the Southeastern District for 48 hours from noon today until noon Thursday. Fishermen are reminded that only set gillnet gear may be used in the Southeastern District Mainland prior to July 11. All closed waters in the abov...
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Assembly nixes cuts to pay, mill rate
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly voted to go back to using the 1997 Universal Building Code in an attempt to loosen regulations around building homes. Assembly member Larry LeDoux, who has championed removing engineering requirements for some residential construction, made the motion to go back to the 1997 UBC from the 2012 International Residential Code currently in use to reach his goal of removing engineering...
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State warns about PSP after woman falls ill in Kodiak
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is warning Kodiakans about Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning after a woman ate clams from Roslyn Beach near Chiniak and got sick. “There are NO safe beaches for recreationally-harvested shellfish,” according to the release. “You cannot see or taste PSP toxin, and you cannot remove it through cleaning, cooking or freezing.” Kodiak sees some of the highest levels of PS...
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Update: Uyak Bay fire
Update, 5:20 p.m., Friday, June 3 Troopers have recovered the remains of the deceased victim of the Spirit of Alaska lodge fire from the debris, according to a trooper report. "The remains will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage for an autopsy and positive identification," the report states. While the names of the victims have yet to be released, pending positive identification and notific...
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1 dead, 3 injured in Uyak Bay lodge fire
One person is dead and three injured after an early morning fire Thursday at the Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventures lodge on Uyak Bay, 60 miles southwest of Kodiak city. The three injured suffered burns and were transported to the Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center for treatment, according to U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Shawn Eggert. A distress call from the lodge, formerly the Parks Cannery, was...
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CAP cadets take stick of Cessna
The Kodiak squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has officially taken flight. A new-to-Kodiak CAP Cessna 172 Skyhawk airplane arrived from Anchorage on May 2 for a 90-day trial period, according to CAP Capt. Mia Otteson. In early August, a determination will be made on whether the plane will stay in Kodiak permanently or return to Anchorage. The decision will be based on the plane’s usage during the 90 days, she said. ...
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Mountain Views: Best reader helped with ‘marshmellows’
Less than two weeks ago, I lost my No. 1 Mountain Views reader: my mom. My mom passed away after a sudden illness and I was right alongside during her final months and days. Over the years, my mom always cheered me on from the sidelines about my writing. As the saying goes, “she had my back.” She would occasionally text or email telling me how she enjoyed different blog pieces or newspaper column pieces. Her one m...
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Smiley gets nod for assembly vacancy
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s newest member is Scott Smiley. Applicants Smiley and Monique Lewis were nominated by assembly members before the members voted by secret ballot during Thursday’s regular meeting. The vote tied 3-3 and was broken by Mayor Jerrol Friend. Lewis and Smiley along with Jeffrey Stewart applied for the vacancy, but Stewart withdrew his name earlier this week, citing an irregular schedu...
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